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Review of Umbrella Summer

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff Intermediate     Geringer/HarperCollins     236 pp. 6/09     978-0-06-143187-6     $15.99 Library ed. 978-0-06-143188-3     $16.89 With the same deftness she demonstrated in The Thing About Georgie (rev. 3/07), Graff immediately engages the reader with the main character. Here’s Annie Richards, about to ride her bike to the local drug store. […]

Ashley Bryan’s 2009 Wilder Medal Acceptance

By Ashley Bryan You are my people! I grew up in New York City, in the Bronx. My home was in four- and five-story tenement apartment buildings. We knew everyone in these apartments, and everyone looked after everyone as family. That is what I mean when I say you are my people. It was the […]

Review of If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle Forman High School     199 pp.     Dutton 4/09     978-0-525-42103-0      $16.99 What begins as the gift of a rare snow day in Portland, Oregon, turns suddenly into nightmare. Seventeen-year-old Mia drives off with her family on the unexpected holiday. A sudden explosion of metal, and Mia is looking at her dead parents […]

Kadir Nelson, We Are the Ship

Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance for We Are the Ship By Kadir Nelson It is such a thrill to be here in Chicago with you. This distinguished group of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and book lovers revere books for young people so passionately that every year you gather to celebrate your favorites with this early-morning […]